The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes
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The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

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Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Game on. That's the clear take-out from the Bahrain Grand Prix about the tantalising Formula 1 battle we now have on our hands between Red Bull and Mercedes.

While Lewis Hamilton was able to emerge from the F1 season opener with a classy victory, it is pretty clear that Mercedes does not have the fastest car.

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